After months of rumors and speculation, Apple finally revealed its Apple Vision AR/VR headset, dubbed Apple Vision Pro, during its WWDC keynote on Monday. A device designed with gamers in mind, the Apple Vision Pro is entering a market competing with Meta’s Quest headsets, Sony’s PlayStation VR 2, Valve’s Index, and other options.
For those hoping for a gaming-specific headset from Apple, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Based on the announcement of the device, Apple Vision Pro is marketed primarily as an AR device with VR capabilities.
“In the same way that Mac introduced us to personal computing, and iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro will introduce us to spatial computing,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said while introducing the device during the conference. “This marks the beginning of a journey that will bring a new dimension to powerful personal technology.”
The headset will allow you to open apps, check notifications, browse emails and websites, and do other productivity tasks. During the demo, a user was shown using their MacBook in AR. It was also shown playing NBA 2K via Apple Arcade with game controller support. According to Apple, there will be “hundreds” of games available on day one.
Not much else was mentioned regarding its features for gaming aside from a partnership with Unity to allow Unity apps to work within its new Vision operating system. There’s also a brand new app store launching specifically for the headset.
The headset will retail starting at $3,499, and launch in 2024.